Croatia beats Russia to advance to World Cup semifinal against England

08 July, 2018, 01:17 | Author: Donna Miller
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The Three Lions' record against the Swedes in matches either at World Cups, European Championship finals, or in qualifying campaigns, shows just one win, two defeats and five draws.

Although the World Cup's top scorer Harry Kane was muted, England held Sweden at bay to follow up their penalty success against Colombia with a more comfortable victory.

"So I got asked straight away at training, my coach said "who are you supporting on Saturday?' and I was like '50-50, I'll be happy for either team", so it's going to be a great atmosphere".

"It (the first goal) can't come better than that".

James, 39, from Essex, said: "If we can nick one I think they'll struggle".

At the final whistle, people bounced erupted in wild jubilation once again, with beer, clothes, barriers and bodies tumbling to another deafening chorus of "Football's coming home!" as flares went off and passing truck drivers honked their horns.

The Three Lions face Sweden in a quarter-final clash this afternoon, with the winners going on to play either Russian Federation or Croatia in the last four.

But what do the Azzurri supporters think of the Three Lions this summer?

"Now they have to stay calm and keep doing exactly what they've been doing because they look exciting and the dark horses in the competition".

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Luc Jones said he had been disappointed in past England players being more "into their haircuts or their pop celebrity girlfriend or their new sports auto than actually kicking the ball".

"I think the occasion got to Sweden but England overcame that trepidation".

The I'm A Celebrity star has been seen in the stands at England's games throughout the tournament so far, and took her children out of school to take them to Russian Federation for the World Cup.

There had been suggestions of a surge in online interest in the game after England beat Colombia on penalties in the round of 16. I am so pleased that they can see (that).

"We'd like to bring it home", said England defender John Stones on Thursday.

They can go kind of under the radar, but there is no question they are a good team. I'm not sure he's always believed that.

"We win the other night but I still had a couple of emails - I've got to change my address, by the way! - saying "really good, but you should be picking this one and that one". Thank you very much.

"I think that is probably starting to register with them now - maybe I tell the truth most of the time".

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